Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250826
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £36459
Date Posted 22 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £36,459 per annum (includes an annual allowance of £3,000)
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 29.6 hours pw)
Closing Date: 22nd September 2019

The Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG) within RAL Space is seeking a Mechanical Engineer to design, analyse and test space instruments and the specialised equipment used to calibrate them. You will be working in multi-disciplinary project teams from conceptual design and analysis, through to manufacture, assembly, testing and delivery, with close interaction with the various technical disciplines involved.

To join us you will need to be qualified to at least Level 6 (B.Eng. level or equivalent) in a Mechanical Engineering/Design related discipline. You will already be working in a mechanical engineering role; giving you a sound knowledge of the required design and analysis techniques and having had your own designs successfully manufactured and put into service. You will be an experienced user of 3D CAD software and finite element analysis software and have an excellent knowledge of current 2D drawing standards - current experience with SolidEdge (ST7 or later) and ANSYS or NASTRAN is desirable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the mechanical tasks of various projects to ensure the work meets the technical requirements and is completed within schedule and budget constraints
  • Ensure budgets are monitored and controlled
  • Design and analyse ground-based calibration equipment, ground-based astronomy instruments and space instruments from concept through to production, testing and delivery
  • Generate documentation to support designs, to assist assembly, to report analysis and test results, and to present designs and results at project reviews
  • Supervise the procurement of mechanical parts
  • Supervise the mechanical aspects of assembly, integration and verification, taking a hands-on approach where appropriate
  • Produce detailed drawings of parts and assemblies, ready for manufacture and assembly
  • Work in accordance with MEG and Department ISO9000 procedures
  • Contribute to the production of proposals with conceptual CAD models.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I):


  • Degree level (Level 6) or equivalent (or higher) qualification in a Mechanical Engineering/Design related discipline (S)
  • Experience of working in a mechanical engineering role, including design and analysis (S)
  • Evidence of having designs successfully manufactured and put into service (S)
  • Current experience with 3D CAD software and finite element analysis software (S)
  • Knowledge of current 2D drawing standards (S&I)
  • Quality of cover letter (S)
  • Ability to relate 2D and 3D information (I)
  • Knowledge of relevant materials and manufacturing techniques (I)
  • Understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering and design principles (I)
  • Knowledge of fundamental mechanical engineering calculations (I)
  • Ability to analyse and solve technical problems (I)
  • Oral and written communication is clear, concise and accurate (S&I)
  • Attention to detail (I).


  • Higher qualifications in a Mechanical Engineering/Design related discipline (S)
  • Chartered Engineer status (S)
  • Experience of working in a mechanical engineering role, on projects similar to those within RAL Space (S)
  • Experience of working within a quality management system (S)
  • Work package or project management experience (S)
  • Current experience with SolidEdge (ST7 or later) (S)
  • Current experience with ANSYS (S)
  • Current experience with NASTRAN (S)
  • Enthusiasm for own work and interest in RAL Space (I).

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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